It is important to be organized with all College applications. Keep track of deadlines and all supporting information required with all Colleges because they will differ.
We recommend you keep a separate folder for each College to which you are applying. This will help you stay organized by keeping all important papers in one place. This includes copies of your application and supplements, emails, phone call log, letters and hard copy confirmation of your online application receipt.
NAVIANCE helps you keep organized with your deadlines and College notes.
Keep a list of your high school activities and awards grade 9 – 12. This list will help you when the time comes to filling out your applications.
A membership association of over 750 Colleges that provides a “common, standardized first-year application form for use at any member institution”.
The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding over 30 years ago, has been committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the College application process. We serve students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications – online and in print – that students and school officials may submit to any of over 750 college members. Membership is open to Colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process.
List of Colleges that accept the Common Application
Although Common Application member institutions use the same form, each individual College will have different admission requirements and most will require a separate supplement. Supplements may also be submitted online through the Common Application.
Tips on writing Supplemental Essays
Before You Begin
- Gather the information you will need to fill out the application: transcripts (don’t try to fill in your classes and grades from memory), test scores, activities and awards. Optional: financial aid information, annual income, residency, ELC-FAFSA number.
- Research major options, degree programs that can help you achieve your career goal. Check which majors are open in a given term.
- Report your test results. You may self report your SAT and/or ACT results in the applications, and you also are required to submit official test scores. Order score reports from the testing agency (College Board and/or ACT) no later than December for the following Fall admission.
- Pick an appropriate/professional email address and stick with it throughout the application process. Check your spam filter so you receive all UC communications.
- Guide to UC Application
- Write your personal insight questions in advance. The personal insight questions are about getting to know you better — your life experience, interests, ambitions and inspirations.
Pursue all potential scholarships. UC Campuses & Alumni Associations award a variety of scholarships based on merit, financial need or both. Students with specific backgrounds, academic interest or career goals should take time to match their background characteristics and interests in Step 2 of the application to apply for special restricted scholarships
After You File
- Print your receipt and email confirmation.
- Watch for your Application Acknowledgement: 4-5 weeks after you file you will receive it from the UC Application processing service.
- If your academic record changes (add or drop a class or earn less than a C or better in a course) talk to your counselor about how to notify each campus where you applied.
- Send your test scores from SAT and/or ACT to one UC campus where you applied and it will be shared with all other campuses to which you apply.
UC – After you apply
- Letters of Recommendation –UC does not require or solicit letters of recommendation. DO NOT submit recommendations unless they are specifically requested.
- Once you are admitted for fall term, arrange to have your final, official transcript sent to the campus Admission office before July 15th.
This is the website of the California State University designed to help students and parents:Cal State Apply
- Learn about the CSU system and all 23 campuses.
- Select a CSU campus to attend.
- Plan financial aid.
- Submit and application
- Establish an account with User ID and password.
Help Tutorial that will walk you through the CSU application is found at:
Admissions Handbook CSU
Apply online to the 23 CSU Campuses
The Cal State Apply website assists students in exploring, planning and applying to the Colleges in the California State University system
- Log-in with your User ID and password and enter “Course Manager”
- Choose a campus and complete the information requested
- Once an application is completed, Cal State Apply will transfer your information to another application so it is simple to apply to more than one CSU campus.
- The information requested for each campus is the same with the following exceptions:
- Each CSU campus requires you to fill out enrollment information found on the first screen of the application.
- California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo is the only campus to require additional information on their application. (You will be prompted by Cal State Apply.)
- Application requires entering all CSU eligibility required high school courses and grades, so you must have your unofficial transcript handy
- See “High School Planner” for a list of required courses on Cal State Apply.
- Application requires self-reporting SAT or ACT scores.
- CSU does NOT require SAT Writing or ACT Writing scores.
- SAT or ACT scores must also be sent directly from the respective testing agency to one Cal State to which you apply.
- The application fee per campus is $55.
- Payable by check, money order, credit card or debit card.
- Official (sealed) transcripts should be sent to CSU ONLY WHEN INSTRUCTED TO DO SO, not before.
- CSU application DOES NOT require a personal statement.
- CSU application DOES NOT require letters of recommendation.
- CSU application DOES NOT require list or validation of extra curricular/community activities or awards.